• German Grand Prix - FP2

Rosberg to take five-place grid penalty

ESPN Staff
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Nico Rosberg was competitive in the wet conditions but will start five places further back from where he qualifies © Sutton Images

Nico Rosberg will take a five-place grid penalty for the German Grand Prix after having to change his gearbox at Hockenheim.

After finishing second quickest in a wet FP2, Rosberg revealed that Mercedes had discovered a problem with his gearbox after the British Grand Prix and would be changing it as a precaution. Rosberg admitted that it was disappointing but said the unpredictable 2012 season so far meant he still felt he could get a strong result.

"Unfortunately we have to change my race gearbox here as a precaution after discovering an issue after Silverstone," Rosberg said. "So I will receive a five-place penalty which is a shame for our home race but I will push hard to gain a good result. As we have seen this season, a lot can happen in the race."

With FP1 having been dry and FP2 wet, Rosberg said that he felt ready for any conditions come race day.

"We learned a lot today as we were able to test in the different track conditions, and use the wet, intermediate and dry tyres. So I guess we are well prepared for whatever the weekend brings."